Today’s In Crisis headlines

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(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

Congress considers next steps following second Trump impeachment
President Trump is now the only president in American history to be impeached twice after ten House Republicans sided with Democrats for a final 232-197 impeachment vote Wednesday, charging President Trump with “incitement of insurrection” regarding the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.   While Speaker Nancy Pelosi has declined to say publicly when the House will send the impeachment article to the Senate, a source involved in the Democratic leadership deliberations tells ABC News that Pelosi plans to send it next week, where its fate remains unclear.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said he will not call the Senate back into session prior to its scheduled January 19 return, one day before Joe Biden is sworn in as president and Trump leaves office.  However, Sen. McConnell also signaled in a letter to his colleagues Wednesday that he hasn’t ruled out voting to convict President Donald Trump in a Senate impeachment trial, even as he made it clear he thinks that no trial should start until after Trump leaves office.

Shortly after he was impeached, President Trump on Wednesday released a video in which he said he “unequivocally condemn[ed]” the violence at last week’s riot at the Capitol, which he called a “calamity.”  He further said he directed federal agencies to use “all necessary resources” to maintain order in Washington ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration. The president did not mention impeachment in his statement.  In a lengthy statement of his own regarding Trump’s impeachment, President-elect Joe Biden called the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack “planned and coordinated,” carried out by domestic terrorists who were “incited to this violence by President Trump.”  He also expressed hope that the Senate will move forward in a bifurcated manner, allowing movement on his agenda as it deals with the business of Trump’s impeachment trial.

Arrests, heightened security continues following Capitol siege; National Guard presence increased
Scores of arrests have so far been made across the country in connection to the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  Authorities also are tracking up to 10 protests or demonstrations that are being promoted to occur in Washington, D.C. between now and Inauguration Day for what some groups are calling the “Week of Siege,” a law enforcement source tells ABC News.  The National Guard has now been authorized to have up to 20,000 guardsmen from various states in D.C. for Inauguration Day security, most of whom may be in town by this weekend, according to the Department of Defense.  On Capitol Hill, the House will vote next week to adopt new rules fining members who don’t agree to pass through newly installed metal detectors or get screened by Capitol Police to get to the floor, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday.  The move follows the refusal by several House members to subject themselves to a search or metal detector screening upon entering the Capitol.

Unemployment claims spike as 965,000 new ones filed last week
Some 965,000 new unemployment claims were filed in the week ending January 9, according to the U.S. Labor Department. This number is higher than expected, an increase of 181,000 from the previous week’s level, which was revised down by 3,000 claims to 784,000, and a disappointing report amid other recent signs that the job market is suffering as the pandemic’s economic toll increases.  One reason for the increased numbers could be the added unemployment benefits kicking in from the recent passage of the new pandemic relief bill.  There are currently 18,406,940 people in the U.S. filing for unemployment through different government programs.

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 92,462,193
Global deaths: 1,981,097.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 384,784.
Number of countries/regions: at least 191
Total patients recovered globally: 51,110,587

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 23,078,350 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 384,784.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 40,192.
U.S. total people tested: 271,097,812

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 2,843,062 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  This ranks first in the world.  England is second in the world, with 2,789,983 cases.  Texas is third, with 2,041,384 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 29 million.

CDC updates COVID-19 deaths forecast; US passes 23 million cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now forecasting between 440,000 to 477,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. by the week ending February 6.  The previous forecast was for a total of 405,000 to 438,000 reported COVID-19 fatalities by the week ending January 30.  The Covid Tracking Project reported another 4,022 deaths on Wednesday, setting a new seven-day average of 3,323 deaths per day.  That comes one day after Tuesday’s record of 4,327 confirmed deaths in a single day, making it the deadliest day of the pandemic so far, with one American dying of the virus roughly every 20 seconds.  COVID-19 deaths are up by 10% or more in 25 states across the U.S. 

The U.S. as of Thursday morning reported 384,784 COVID-19 deaths so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  That continues to be more than any other country and accounts for 19.4% of global fatalities.  The U.S. on Thursday also passed 23 million reported COVID-19 cases, with 28,078,350.  That also continues to be more than any other country, accounting for just under 25% of the global total infections.

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